Accreditation can provide both
challenges and opportunities
We can help with both
The College Brain Trust (CBT) can help community and technical colleges across the United States through the process of strengthening or reaffirming their accreditation.
Despite the pressure and tension inherent in tackling these issues, we also see an unprecedented opportunity for colleges as they come together and address challenges that have festered for years. The process can seem overwhelming, we know. And we're here to help.
College Brain Trust consultants have experience in all six accreditation regions: Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, New England Association of Schools and Colleges and North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
What makes CBT consultants so effective?
Many have led or participated in dozens of accreditation team visits over the course of their careers, as well as having served as Accreditation Liaison Officers at colleges. Here are just a few of the ways we can assist your college:
- Facilitating a “gap analysis” to help college teams articulate a step-by-step action plan of how to get from where they are to where they want to be.
- Helping demonstrate evidence of institutional effectiveness by assisting you with defining and developing actionable strategies and creating processes of integrity that clearly link planning, at all levels, to decision-making and resource allocation.
- Facilitating the development of planning processes and plans—Strategic plans, Educational Master Plans, Technology Plans, Facilities Plans, and other accreditation-related documents. We don't create the plans for you, but we help facilitate the process and create buy-in along the way.
- Integrating planning with resource allocation to show how plans, program review and resulting decisions relate to decision making.
- Analyzing patterns of decision-making and information flow.
Of course, each college is unique and requires a customized approach. We know, because our team is comprised of more than 40 veteran college administrators, including chancellors, presidents, vice presidents and planning and institutional research deans.